Employment

  • July 27, 2017

    Hays Wants Out Of Terror Attack Insurance Suit

    Insurance broker Hays Group asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to grant summary judgment in a suit over coverage for an oil services contractor whose worker died in a terrorist massacre, saying Hays didn’t cause ambiguity regarding the worker’s status in the Ace American Insurance policy it sold to a recruiting firm.

  • July 27, 2017

    Ex-JPM Boss Gets 1 Year For Swiping $4.7M To Pay Bookie

    A former Texas-based manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. was sentenced by a New York federal judge to a year and a day in prison Thursday for what his public defender said was a gambling addiction-fueled $4.7 million theft from the bank.

  • July 27, 2017

    Uber Tries To Ditch Drivers' Ride Pricing Class Action

    An attorney for Uber asked a California federal judge Thursday to toss a putative class action alleging its upfront pricing model breaches its contract with drivers, saying their employment agreement clearly describes the payment plan and that it frequently benefits drivers who’d otherwise make less off promotional pricing.

  • July 27, 2017

    Towing Cos. Hit With $4.87M Citation For Wage Violations

    The California Labor Commissioner’s Office on Wednesday announced that two towing companies in Southern California and the Bay Area have been cited for more than $4.8 million for alleged minimum wage, overtime and meal and rest period violations.

  • July 27, 2017

    Biz Groups Say Piwowar's Letter Backs Nixing Fiduciary Rule

    Business groups and insurance companies that have asked the Fifth Circuit to strike down the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule touted on Wednesday the support of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission member Michael Piwowar, saying his recent criticism of the rule should weigh on the appeals court’s decision.

  • July 27, 2017

    House Lawmakers Float Bill To Revise Joint Employer Test

    House lawmakers unveiled a much-anticipated bill Thursday that would require businesses to exert direct control over individuals’ working conditions in order to be considered a joint employer under federal wage and labor laws, a tighter standard than one recently adopted by the National Labor Relations Board in its controversial Browning-Ferris decision.

  • July 26, 2017

    Overwatch Co. Reveals League Salary, Benefits Details

    The company behind the massively popular online multiplayer game Overwatch on Wednesday unveiled key details about its forthcoming Overwatch League, including player salaries, health and retirement benefits, and multimillion-dollar championship bonuses.

  • July 26, 2017

    Google’s Job Seeker Discovery Bid Overly Broad, Judge Says

    A California magistrate judge expressed skepticism Wednesday about Google Inc.’s request that 269 job applicants respond to nearly 3,000 discovery requests in a collective action accusing the tech giant of discriminating against older job seekers, saying some of the requests are “extremely broad” and he’s not sure they’re warranted.

  • July 26, 2017

    DOJ Opposes EEOC's Stance In 2nd Circ. Gay Bias Dispute

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday pitted itself against a fellow government agency in a skydiving instructor’s suit alleging he was fired over his homosexuality, telling the full Second Circuit that Title VII doesn’t cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

  • July 26, 2017

    Ill. Rail Worker Granted New Trial In Injury Case

    An Illinois appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a circuit court jury verdict in favor of Union Pacific Railroad in the case of a worker hurt by a fall in a snowy rail yard, finding the judge had wrongly excluded evidence and ordering a new trial.

  • July 26, 2017

    NFL Cheerleaders Look To Revive Wage-Suppression Suit

    NFL cheerleaders on Wednesday appealed to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s decision last week denying them a chance to amend a lawsuit alleging the league and a majority of its teams unlawfully conspired to suppress their wages, after the judge said attempts to fix the claims are “futile.”

  • July 26, 2017

    SEC Program Raises Ethics Issues For Atty Whistleblowers

    As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program continues to hand out multimillion-dollar awards, some companies and even state ethics boards are concerned that in-house attorneys could use their inside perspective to nab a bounty — while lawyers themselves face uncertainty about whether they’ll be punished for reporting wrongdoing.

  • July 26, 2017

    Jones Day Nabs Ex-Winston Strawn, Dorsey Labor Partners

    Jones Day has hired a former Winston & Strawn LLP partner and a former Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner to the firm’s global labor and employment practice, the firm recently announced.

  • July 26, 2017

    Franklin Templeton ERISA Class Certified In Self-Dealing Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday certified a class of Franklin Templeton retirement plan participants in a suit that claims the investment management company violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by favoring its own funds rather than cheaper, better-performing outside funds.

  • July 26, 2017

    Shipyard Contractors Unlawfully Asked For Certain Docs: DOJ

    Two Louisiana-based companies that provide contract shipyard labor violated federal immigration regulations by asking applicants and employees who were either immigrants or U.S. citizens to provide different sets of documents to verify their authorization to work in the country, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    American Airlines Can't Escape Negligent Supervision Row

    A Pennsylvania federal court refused Wednesday to let American Airlines duck allegations that it negligently supervised a male employee who assaulted a female co-worker in a break room after he had sexually assaulted her in her home and she had obtained an order blocking him from interacting with her at work.

  • July 26, 2017

    Florida Farm Didn't Violate FLSA In Wage Dispute, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge has ruled that a strawberry farm did not violate the minimum wage provisions of federal labor law by failing to reimburse temporary workers from Honduras for recruitment fees collected by a staffing agency, saying they lacked evidence showing that the farm authorized the agency to collect the fees.

  • July 26, 2017

    EEOC Backs Grocery Cashier At 5th Circ. In Harassment Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has told the Fifth Circuit that a lower court dropped the ball when it nixed a sexual harassment case brought by a grocery store cashier who says her husband was knocked unconscious by her alleged harasser in front of the couple’s son.

  • July 26, 2017

    Tax Court Rips IRS For Canceling Eaton Pricing Agreements

    In a big win for Eaton Corp., a U.S. tax judge ruled Wednesday that the IRS abused its discretion by canceling advance pricing agreements involving the power management company's Caribbean subsidiaries, a move that led the agency to increase Eaton's 2005 and 2006 taxable income by roughly $370 million.

  • July 26, 2017

    Ex-Fiat Chrysler Labor Negotiator Indicted Over Union Payoffs

    A former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC executive and lead labor negotiator has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Michigan for allegedly participating in a scheme to pay off a onetime United Automobile Workers vice president and his wife with more than $1.2 million in cash and gifts, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Attempting To Limit Class Action Waivers And The FAA

    John Hansen

    Two efforts are currently underway to limit the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's past decisions involving anti-class action arbitration clauses in both consumer and employment agreements. However, both efforts are under attack, says John Hansen of John Hansen Law.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Fiduciary Rule's Impact On IRA Annuity Recommendations

    Fred Reish

    Here, attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP focus on the prohibited-transaction exemptions that are available to broker-dealers when their registered representatives recommend annuities to individual retirement account investors and the factors that firms may want to consider in deciding which exemption to use during the new fiduciary rule’s transition period.

  • Written Job Descriptions: A Case For Detail And Accuracy

    Janet Hendrick

    Job descriptions are almost useless or even harmful if they inaccurately portray actual job requirements. On the flip side, robust, detailed and, most importantly, accurate job descriptions can save the day. Janet Hendrick of Fisher Phillips examines recent cases that illustrate the critical importance of job descriptions and offers tips for maximizing their benefits.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.